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This book introduces particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Starting from an experimental perspective, it provides a unified view of these fields that reflects the very rapid advances being made. This new edition has a number of improvements and has been updated to describe the recent discovery of gravitational waves and astrophysical neutrinos, which started the new era of multimessenger astrophysics; it also includes new results on the Higgs particle. Astroparticle and particle physics share a common problem: we still don’t have a description of the main ingredients of the Universe from the point of view of its energy budget. Addressing these fascinating issues, and offering a balanced introduction to particle and astroparticle physics that requires only a basic understanding of quantum and classical physics, this book is a valuable resource, particularly for advanced undergraduate students and for those embarking on graduate courses. It includes exercises that offer readers practical insights. It can be used equally well as a self-study book, a reference and a textbook.
Table of Contents
Understanding the universe: particles and their interactions.- The birth and the basics of particle physics.- Cosmic rays and the development of particle physics.- Particle detection.- Particles and symmetries.- Interactions and field theories.- The Higgs mechanism and the standard model of particle physics.- The standard model of cosmology and the dark universe.- Neutrino oscillations and masses.- Messengers from the high-energy universe.- Astrobiology, and the relation of fundamental physics to life.